Carolina alumni continue to encourage and inspire us year after year. Learn how Carolina helped Donovan Livingston (’09) reach his goals and how he inspires us all to dream bigger.
Donovan Livingston, Class of 2009
2005: Visits campus. “I saw myself being able to grow at Carolina. I believed this space would be supportive of my developing voice.”
2006: Decides to study history. “History anchors us. It informs science, the humanities. History is transcendent.”
2009: Graduates from Carolina, and goes on to earn advanced degrees from Columbia and Harvard universities.
2016: Delivers Harvard convocation address. “We were born to be comets, darting across space and time – leaving our mark as we crash into everything.”
Today: Earning his Ph.D. in education. “Carolina instilled within me the values of mentorship and service. For me, working to increase access and equity in higher education is more than a career; it is a mission in social justice.”
Good news! If you’re considering transferring to Carolina this fall, you now have more time to apply. We’ve extended the transfer application deadline to Monday, February 19, end of day. Only your application and application fee or application fee waiver request are due by the deadline.
On Feb. 7, the UNC Admissions social media interns hosted a Facebook Live event to talk about our Carolina experiences and answer admitted students’ questions. We have compiled the questions and answers here!
We were joined by members of the Black Student Movement (BSM) at UNC. Thank you for your help and input! You can learn more about their organization here.
What is Admitted Students Day like?
After check-in, there will be a large welcome ceremony and then academic sessions about different departments and majors. Later, there will be various sessions that students and families can choose to attend: campus tours, makerspace tours, financial aid information, a housing panel and many more. There will also be many campus organizations represented that will show potential students ways they can get involved at Carolina.
What advice would you give to a first-generation student to help ease the transition to UNC?
Take advantage of your resources! There are a lot of people who want to help you. Also getting to know other first-generation students can be very helpful. Check out Carolina Firsts for more information!
What housing options do you recommend?
Most first years live on South Campus. This is a great way to meet some of your first friends at Carolina. Most of these dorms are set up suite-style with four bedrooms per suite with one shared bathroom. You can learn more about housing here.
When can accepted students expect a physical acceptance in the mail?
Soon! Hold on tight, they will be in your mailbox before you know it. Out of state students – expect a little bit longer of a wait just to give the packets time to get from us to you!
Is it hard for out of state students to assimilate to life at UNC?
While there are more in-state students on campus, everyone is in the same boat when we first get on campus: excited, confused, a bit lost and ready to make new friends. There are also clubs for out-of-state students to get to know one another and organize carpools home or to the airport to fly home, which is a great resource for those who are interested!
What meal plan options do you recommend?
It’s totally dependent on the person! There are options for everyone. If you like to snack a lot and want flexibility, the unlimited plan is a great option. Perhaps you think you’ll be at restaurants on campus more so than the dining hall itself, so you could add more flex money. Check out the Carolina Dining Services website for more information.
What is the application process like for the business school?
For business school information, please see their website.
What is the Carolina Covenant program?
You are automatically considered for the Carolina Covenant program when you apply to Carolina and apply for financial aid. The program helps eligible low-income students graduate from Carolina debt free. To learn more visit their website.
Have more questions? Call the Admissions office at 919-966-3621. We are happy to help!
By Dulce Zambrano
Just a few weeks ago, we had the great privilege of welcoming our first students to Carolina’s class of 2022. Since then, we’ve had the joy of watching, reading, and hearing your reactions to the news. Welcome home, Tar Heels! We cannot wait to meet you!
We know you are all extremely excited for the day you get to move into your dorms and begin the next chapter in your lives. Here are a few things you can do in the meantime that will keep you busy and make your experience greater.
- Sign up for an Admitted Student Day! We know you already love Carolina but take advantage of the opportunity to come to campus to enjoy a day about you.
- Follow UNC-Chapel Hill Social Media accounts including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook.
- Join the UNC- Chapel Hill Class of 2022 Facebook Group, the official group for admitted students, where you can connect other members of the class of 2022, ask questions and share your Carolina pride.
Again, Carolina is so proud and excited to have you, class of 2022!
Dulce Zambrano is a junior majoring in Public Relations in the School of Media and Journalism. She is a social media intern at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org